How are hurricanes named?
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists produced by the National Hurricane Center. The Atlantic is assigned six lists of names, with one list used each year. Each name on the list starts with a different letter. The first hurricane of the season starts with the letter “A,” followed by “B,” and so forth alphabetically. When an unusually destructive hurricane hits, that hurricane's name is never used again.
How are hurricanes classified? Hurricanes are classified into five categories, based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage.